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Who We Are
Dr. Wolf serves as the Director of Disability Services and as the University’s 504 Coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College, with concentrations in Genetics and Bioethics. She received a master’s degree in General Psychology from New York University and a doctorate in Basic and Applied Neurocognition from the City University of New York.
Dr. Wolf was a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Cornell University Medical College. Prior to coming to Boston, she held faculty appointments in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Columbia University School of Medicine. Dr. Wolf has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a national and international presenter on disability topics in higher education. She co-edited the text Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: Brain Mechanisms and Life Outcomes (2001, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences) and was senior co-editor of Adult Learning Disorders: Contemporary Issues (2008, Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis). She co-authored Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel (2009, Autism Asperger Publishing Company; 2017, Japanese translation; Second US edition in preparation) and The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (2012, Autism Asperger Publishing Company). Dr. Wolf holds faculty appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She co-developed “Strategic Education for the Autism Spectrum”, a widely adopted support model for students on the autism spectrum in higher education. Her research interests include attention and self-regulation in neurodevelopmental disorders and service delivery for college students with autism, attention deficit disorders and psychiatric disabilities. She enjoys scuba diving, adventure travel and her dogs.
Stacey G. Harris, J.D.
Stacey joined Disability Services in 2008 and officially became our Associate Director in 2014. Prior to coming to BU, Stacey was the Director of Disability Services at both Lesley and Monmouth Universities. She received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1996. During law school she spent time working at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, wrote the universities first disability policy and procedures and was the student orator at commencement.
She received her undergraduate degree from Curry College in 1993 with a double major of philosophy and communications where she graduated salutatorian and again was class orator. For over 20 years she has focused on civil rights and disability compliance issues in higher education and government settings. She had served as an Appeals Investigator for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (formerly Department of Mental Retardation), as a Disability Project Coordinator for the City of Cambridge, as an Attorney for state Roger’s cases and as a volunteer family court mediator. As a certified mediator she co-runs a student mediation program for students across the university, she also teaches FY101 annually and provides ongoing technical assistance to offices around the university on disability compliance and technical standards. Stacey focuses on university policy, technical standards and compliance. Most importantly, she works directly with students, not only on accommodations but on their own self-advocacy skills. Stacey is a Title IX deputy, Terrier Connect representative and a strong resource for LGBTQA students.
Lorraine Norwich, M.S.
Lorraine received an undergraduate B.S. degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Natal University, South Africa and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (with a focus on human factors engineering) from Northeastern University. She has a Master’s Degree in Information Science from Northeastern University, with additional coursework in Assistive Technology from London Guildhall University, England. With an extensive background in technology and disability service provision, Ms. Norwich has worked for over 20 years in South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. using a holistic approach to provide individuals with disabilities with the technology, educational and vocational services they need to successfully pursue their educational and vocational goals, as well as improve their quality of life. She has presented on Assistive Technology
for vocational, recreational and educational use at regional and national conferences and is a member of a number of professional information technology organizations. Prior to her work at Boston University, Ms. Norwich was the head of the assistive technology department at Community Work Services (CWS), and consulted to Northeastern University’s Disability Resource Center, UMass Boston and North Shore Community College and Information Technology Departments. Ms. Norwich’s professional experience also includes consultation regarding website accessibility compliance, adaptive equipment design for activities of daily living, and therapeutic recreation. Ms. Norwich is a native of South Africa.
Coordinator, Student Services
Grace began working at the ODS in September 2017. Prior to working at BU, Grace was a high school teacher and advisor at a school for students with language-based learning disabilities. She obtained her M.S. Ed at Simmons College in Boston in 2015. At the ODS, Grace assists students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and psychiatric disabilities with academic accommodations and connects those students to appropriate services. She also runs the Strategic Coaching program, which consists of one-on-one session for students with executive functioning weaknesses. Grace loves running and cycling so much that they are her primary source of commuting to and from work, but she spends her weekends in the woods, mountain biking and rock climbing.”
Coordinator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
A native of New Jersey, Catie Purrazzella joined the Office of Disability Services in May 2018 as the Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. In her role, Catie manages communication access and other accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students, staff and faculty members. Catie gained her passion for communication access advocacy when she worked for the New Jersey Division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There, she provided statewide case management services, and advocated and coordinated for communication access. She also served on committees and tasks forces that focused on bridging gaps in access to services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in New Jersey. In her free time, Catie enjoys running, playing softball and the outdoors with her partner and their fur kids, Lulu and Sky.
Christopher S. Robinson
Coordinator of Outreach and Training
“As the Coordinator of Outreach and Training, I am responsible to facilitate the mission of the Office of Disability Services by promoting access in the online classroom, residential and student life environments. Captioning mandates and other access for public and instructional media such as web pages, videos and classroom materials are specific areas of focus. I look forward to engaging the University community in Universal Design discourse and action.”
Christopher has practiced as a Performing Arts ASL Interpreter since 1994 and he currently coordinates ASL Interpretation for Boston University School of Theatre. He is a Certified Facilitator in the LEGO® Serious Play™methodology.
Senior Staff Assistant
Administrative Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)
I am an Administrative Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) under Office of Disability Services (ODS). I process the American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) service requests from faculty, staff, students, and visitors via email and phone (videophone). I provide preparation materials to the service providers for any courses and event on BU campus.
I was born and raised in Boston, MA. I am deaf. I received a BA degree in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston (2012). I am a parent of genius 3 years old son. I am a Deaf Ministry worker of Jubilee Christian Church Deaf Ministry. I love to do fashion style, to paint with acrylic and oil paintings, and to research any interesting topics.
Willow Burke joined the Office of Disability Services in September 2017. She is a Financial Analyst under Shared Business Services for the Dean of Students. Willow handles purchasing, provides financial reporting and analysis, and maintains relationships with external vendors. She also manages student note takers and student payroll for the office.
Willow is Boston native who grew up in Roslindale. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University. While working at MIT, she managed a departmental archival project, coordinating with faculty and staff to evaluate the practical and historical significance of tens of thousands of documents from as early as the 1930s.
Willow has a passion for LGBT issues and provides administrative assistance for a Boston-area transgender support group. Willow has spoken on panels at UMass Medical School about issues surrounding transgender medical care. At her previous position at Pearson Learning Solutions, Willow founded the Boston chapter of an LGBTQI employee resource group and assisted with the creation of Pearson’s first Gender Transition Handbook for Human Resources. In her free time, Willow enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and old movies.